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ABOUT THE CARVER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE CHAPLAIN PROGRAM                     

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Program is established for the purpose of providing spiritual and emotional support to all members of the Office, their families and members of the public.

The Chaplain Program shall be a nondenominational, ecumenical ministry provided by volunteer clergy without financial compensation.                        

GOALS OF THE CHAPLAIN PROGRAM

  • By serving as a resource for Office personnel when dealing with the public in such incidents as accidental deaths, suicides, suicidal subjects, serious accidents, and drug and alcohol abuse and other such situations that may arise.
  • By providing an additional link between the community, other Chaplain Programs and the Office.
  • By providing counseling, spiritual guidance and insight for Office personnel and their families.
  • By being alert to the spiritual and emotional needs of Office personnel and their families.
  • By familiarizing themselves with the role of law enforcement in the community.

REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for the Chaplain Program shall meet the following requirements before formally being designated as a Law Enforcement Chaplain:

  • Must be ecclesiastically certified and/or endorsed, ordained, licensed or commissioned by a recognized religious body.
  • Have a valid Mn. driver’s license.
  • Successfully pass a background investigation.

SELECTION PROCESS

Chaplain candidates are encouraged to participate in the ride-along program before and during the selection process. Chaplain candidates shall successfully complete the following process prior to deployment as a chaplain:

(a)   Complete the application for employment.
(b)   Recommendations from their faith’s community elders, board or council.
(c)   Interview with Sheriff and Chaplain Supervisor (or their designee).
(d)   Successfully complete an appropriate level background investigation (civilian position).
(e)   Successfully pass a fit for duty physical examination.
(f)    Successfully complete initial training as directed by the Chaplain Liaison Sergeant.
(g)   Complete an appropriate probationary period as designated by the Sheriff.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Chaplains are volunteer members of the Office. The duties of a Chaplain include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assisting in making notification to families of Office members who have been seriously injured or killed.
  • After notification, responding to the hospital or home of the Office member.
  • Visiting sick or injured law enforcement personnel in the hospital or at home.
  • Attending and participating, when requested, in funerals of active or retired members of the Office.
  • Assisting other personnel in the diffusion of a conflict or incident when requested by on-scene staff.
  • Responding to natural and accidental deaths, suicides and attempted suicides, family disturbances and any other incident that, in the judgment of the Shift Sergeant or Supervisor, aids in accomplishing the mission of the Office.
  • Being on call, and if possible on-duty, during major demonstrations or any public function that requires the presence of a large number of Office personnel.
  • Attending Office and academy graduations, ceremonies and social events and offering invocations and benedictions, as requested.
  • Responding to all major disasters such as floods, bombings and similar critical incidents.
  • Providing liaison with various religious leaders of the community.
  • Assisting public safety personnel and the community in any other function of the clergy profession as requested.
  • Participating in training classes.
  • Willing to train to enhance effectiveness.
  • Promptly facilitating requests from representatives or leaders of other denominations.
  • Making referrals in cases where specialized attention is needed, or in those cases that are beyond the chaplain’s ability to assist.

 For information about the Carver County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Program contact us at 952-361-1212.